What is an independent school?

There are two categories of schools in South Africa: public and independent. Public schools are state controlled and independent schools are privately governed. Prior to 1996, independent schools were known as private schools. Ex-Model C schools are not independent but public schools.

The Constitution guarantees independent schools the right to exist, but they are required to be registered with their provincial education department to operate legally, may not discriminate on the basis of race, and must provide education that is not inferior to that of comparable public schools.

The state provides subsidies to only non-profit low-fee and mid-fee independent schools that serve disadvantaged communities.

What is ISASA?

ISASA is the largest and oldest independent (private) schools association in Southern Africa, with over 730 member schools in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia and Angola. Its members employ some 13 000 teachers and
educate over 161 000 pupils.

ISASA is a non-profit organisation that supports its members by providing them with more than 50 services. Its mission is to promote the value of independent education, represent and protect the common interests of its members, and
provide professional services that will enhance their sustainability, quality and contribution to the public good.

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